Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) – Review

3 1/2 Stars

I present to you reader, with a mix of shame, embarrassment, and bemusement, my whole-hearted endorsement of the Ninja Turtles reboot. I had been putting off viewing this update because of my affinity with the source material. The Turtles were one of my favorite line of toys, cartoons, and movies in my childhood years. I didn’t think of myself as prepared for the retelling, but to my astonishment the creators got everything right, from the small details of behavior, to wardrobe choices. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is as exhilarating and technically sophisticated as the first Transformers movie, given a glossy sheen and sporting top-notch visual effects Turtles is first-rate family entertainment.
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The Lego Movie (2014) – Review

3 1/2 Stars

My exposure to the Lego brand is limited to some imaginative tinkering during my pre-pubescent years. In the time since, the brand had grown exponentially and acquired the licensing rights to a myriad of other intellectual properties. Established franchises such as DC Comics, Lucas Film, etc. have all been re-imagined through the process of multi-colored plastic interlocking bricks. The fiendishly amusing and lovingly crafted Lego Movie is a blast, this is the first toy/movie cross-over that feels warranted. It doesn’t surprise that Chris Mckay’s name is listed in the production credits along with director Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. McKay’s Robot Chicken program on Adult Swim sports much of he same irreverent humor and dry comedy that is prevalent in this tale.
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The Nut Job (2014) – Review

2 1/2 Stars

We have reached a point in the digital age when second-tier animation looks as vibrant and polished as their big-named contemporaries. The visuals look fantastic, animal furs shimmer and cartoon humans move around with freedom and clarity, the holes show through in the second-rate stories that inevitably are forgettable, less witty variations on the common themes that show up in the genre. The prevailing message here is that sharing is better than being selfish, its stand procedure there. It’s a shame though since the movie plays best when its lead character is being incorrigible and self-serving, especially as voiced by the amusingly arrogant Will Arnett.
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Mansome: Trailer

Trailer for Mansome.

From America’s greatest beardsman, to Morgan Spurlock’s own mustache, Executive Producers Will Arnett, Jason Bateman and Ben Silverman bring us a hilarious look at men’s identity in the 21st century. Models, actors, experts and comedians weigh in on what it is to be a man in a world where the definition of masculinity has become as diverse as a hipster’s facial hair in Williamsburg. The hilarious follicles of men’s idiosyncratic grooming habits are thoroughly combed over as men finally take a long hard look in the mirror.

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